Why Consistent Training Can be Better than MORE Training
October 12, 2018
Often, people go through sporadic bouts of fitness throughout the year. They may go to the gym 3-5 times a week for 3 months, then they stop going for a period of time. They start to feel less energetic and put on some weight after a few months, so they come back and go hard… only to leave again after a couple of months.
When you workout five, six and sometimes seven days a week for eight weeks, it’s easy to burn out. You get so tired of the whole process that the thought of another workout or going to a gym just makes them sick. So they don’t go back. They stop working out altogether. If they’ve made progress though, when they stop working out during that break, they completely detrain. Every time you come back to the gym after a few months, it’s like starting from square one.
If you work hard for six or eight weeks and make progress toward your goals, but are then so burnt out from it all, you stop going to the gym for a couple of months, and then repeat that cycle a few times a year, your aren’t actually making any progress toward your goals. Every time you stop and then restart, you’re starting at exactly the same place.
Let’s say you do a five week transformation program, and you train five times a week… that’s 25 sessions total. Let’s be generous and say you participate in four of those a year. That’s 100 sessions… if you didn’t miss a single one.
Now, let’s look at this spread over the course of a year. Instead of going sporadically and hitting the gym really hard for five week periods of time, you go every single week… only twice a week. That’s 104 sessions over the year. Not much of a difference in the total overall sessions, but if we look at model one, every time you start a new program it’s like starting from scratch… and at the end of each program your tired and frustrated… and can’t stand to look at the inside of a gym.
In model two though, you’re actually going to make progress. You won’t be starting from scratch, but instead see gradual improvements over time. You’ll enjoy your training more and are much less likely to get burnt out. If you can’t dedicate two 45 -60 minute sessions a week to training, to stay on top of your health and fitness, you should perhaps ask yourself some serious questions.
I’d rather see you twice a week for an entire year, than three times a year for five week’s time… and promise you that twice a week for fifty-two weeks is going to offer you much more consistent, steady progress.